Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Dark times ahead for the Internet?

     Sometimes when I'm surfing the web, my attention span drifts and I catch myself wondering about obscure tidbits of info such as, "Who invented the whoopee-cushion?" or "Who came up with the idea for Batman?" The usual stop for people who geek-out over random tidbits of info on obscure topics such as these is www.wikipedia.com.

  • COLUMN: Don't let glaucoma sneak up on you

    Glaucoma has been called the “sneak thief” of vision with an estimated 2.2 million Americans having the condition but only half of those know they have it. Because of its ability to strike without knowing, it’s especially important to remember to get your eyes checked every year.


  • LETTER: Taxation with misrepresentation

     One thing I have learned after 20 years in government service is that real change happens only if citizens get involved.  People can become involved by contacting their elected officials and letting them know of their concerns. If enough people voice their opinion elected officials will listen. If you take the time to vote someone into public office, you should take the time to let them know they are public servants. They are working for you.

  • LETTER: Community's support was amazing

     I just wanted to make sure I took the time to say that our community is amazing. Wednesday, in the midst of the final farewells to what I would classify as one of the greatest community members –  Amber “Nikki” Thurman – I saw the greatest amount of love and support pour from one mourning soul to another. 

  • LETTER: Store manager went the extra mile

     Store manager went the extra mile

    There are always people saying how big cities are unfriendly and how small towns are just nice and have friendly people. I was reminded of that right before Christmas.

    I had gone to IGA to pick up some sausage alls that were on sale for my husband’s Christmas party at work. They were sold out. I asked the assistant manager Chris if they had any in the back. He checked and they were all out.

  • LOOKING BACK AT LARUE: Ladies gather on porch

  • LETTER: Appreciates Guthrie's support

     Congress is debating several key policy issues, including legislation to prevent a nearly 30 percent reimbursement cut to physicians and other healthcare providers under Medicare (the so-called “doc fix”). Part of the debate involves how to offset the costs associated with these policies so that the national budget deficit is not increased. Keeping the deficit in check is necessary, though cost offsets within the Medicare program should not disproportionately impact particular healthcare providers. 

  • Amber Thurman's co-workers share their thoughts at her passing

    What’s in a name 

    One of the funniest memories I have of Amber is in my third year teaching.